Skills-based hiring has spread rapidly in the past two years—with no fewer than 10 states dropping degree requirements for most government jobs. And many large employers have made similar moves.
LERs are hot. What are states going to do with them?
Governors and state leaders are concerned about the current labor shortage, occurring during a time when many skilled workers are underemployed or even unemployed. Skills-based approaches to hiring and recruiting can shift that dynamic—making pathways to good careers accessible to a wider segment of the workforce and opening up new pools of talent for employers. They do so by focusing on what workers know and can do, not on the degrees or credentials they’ve earned.
That’s the theory. But a lot hinges on how things actually play out on the ground.
Technology will play a key role, and many states have zeroed in on learning and employment records—essentially digital resumes with verified records of people’s skills, educational experiences, and work histories—as an essential tool. A lot of important work is going into the technical design and specifications.
This project, on the other hand, aims to take a…